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Three in custody for 3-year-old boy's shooting

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Three people are in custody Saturday in a Southwest Side shooting that left a 3-year-old boy critically injured Friday evening, police said.

Jason Ares suffered a through and through gunshot wound to the abdomen about 10 p.m. Friday in front of his home in the 4400 block of South Sacramento, according to police and family members.

Sandra Steve, the boy’s aunt, said her sister and the boy’s father heard gunshots and peaked between two homes when someone fired shots from the front of the home, striking the toddler.

A group of two females and a male walked past Jason and his family, and when they reached the end of the block, the male turned around and fired, striking the boy in the right hip and abdomen, police said.

Police on Saturday said three people are in custody for the shooting, and charges are pending, according to police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

Police said the preliminary investigation shows the shooting appears to be gang-related, and the child was not an intended target.

On her way back to Mount Sinai Hospital to visit her nephew, Steve said Jason underwent surgery on Friday and was doing remarkably better on Saturday.

She said the toddler was in shock and felt no pain when he was shot. “He told his mom ‘Get the medicine. Get the band aids,” Steve said.

The boy’s mom has been at his bedside since Friday, Steve said. The boy is expected to remain in the hospital through the weekend.

The shooting happened across the street from Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy.

Fifteen-year-old Daniel Rodriguez, who said he lives above the boy in an apartment, said he was about to take his dog when he heard gunshots.

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